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Clarkston Consulting Unveils New Leadership to Support Digital Transformation Solutions

Elite Team of Associate Partners to Support D2D Services in Three Key States

Durham, NC | December 5, 2017 – Digital innovation is playing a huge role in disrupting businesses in almost every industry, forcing companies to transform the way they do business or face the possibility of shutting their doors for good. Clarkston Consulting, leaders in global business consulting, has announced new leadership to further strengthen the digital transformation services they offer clients across their management, operations, and implementation consulting practices. These services are specifically designed to meet the complex needs of both the consumer products and life sciences industries from discover to deliver (D2D).

“Digital advancement is an ongoing challenge for many industries with no end in sight for innovation. As we continue to expand our comprehensive suite of services to meet the full scope of business functions, we need to add senior talent with industry and subject matter expertise to solve these needs. We’re expanding the breadth and depth of services to support the full spectrum of needs of our clients.” Tom Finegan, CEO.

With new solutions and leadership to meet the evolving needs of the life sciences and consumer products industries, Clarkston Consulting is able to drive greater business value in strategy, process, and technology for their clients. Clarkston Consulting’s strategy practice is the newest area where the firm continues to expand its offerings around strategic innovation, digital services, advisory on artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) investments, and end-to-end mergers and acquisition advisory.

“We count on Clarkston Consulting as our service provider because they understand our business and our industry. Clarkston truly cares about delivering exceptional client service and the quality of Clarkston’s people differentiates them from other consulting companies,” said Chhaya Shah, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Synergy Pharmaceuticals.

“We value our partnership with Clarkston Consulting because of the combination of their depth of experience and commitment to Rodan + Fields success,” said Ralph Loura, Chief Technology Officer of Rodan + Fields. “Clarkston has delivered on their promises and exceeded our expectations.”

“There is a clear need for our clients to have professional service partners who are able to provide services from discovery to delivery; where these service partners can help formulate the strategy and execute the strategy in the digital age. Our goal is to continually evolve our services and leadership talent to meet the needs of consumer products and life sciences companies. This goal has necessitated the advancement of these individuals into their new roles,” said Finegan.

Sham Karim, Associate Partner

Karim has been involved in growing and leading some of Clarkston Consulting’s biggest and most strategic clients over the past 19 years and has helped others at the firm grow and develop in their careers. Karim has considerable experience driving business transformation through the enablement of enterprise wide technologies and technological capabilities. Karim will continue to build Clarkston Consulting’s leadership as an SAP implementation partner through his continued work leading the SAP service practice. Karim is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kim Kuesel, Associate Partner

Kuesel’s invaluable supply chain experience, with notable work in the retail industry, will further bolster Clarkston Consulting’s industry-recognized supply chain expertise in the operations consulting practice. Kuesel’s experience will also help expand Clarkston Consulting’s west coast presence as the firm grows revenue and serves clients in this region. Kuesel is based in San Francisco, California.

Cara Ridenhour, Associate Partner

Ridenhour has led numerous technology projects in the US and globally over her 18-year career at Clarkston Consulting with a particular focus on enabling greater talent, workforce, and resource management through technology. Ridenhour’s experience connecting strategy with technology has enabled transformational value for clients across both the life sciences and consumer products industries. Ridenhour is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Michelle Tartalio, Associate Partner

Tartalio was named associate partner with responsibilities to set and execute the market-driven business development strategy for 2018 and beyond. Tartalio’s extensive background in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and corporate governance will also support Clarkston Consulting’s clients in actualizing the potential of next-wave technology for improvements to strategy and operations. Tartalio is based in Durham, North Carolina.

About Clarkston Consulting

Founded in 1991, Clarkston Consulting provides management, operations and implementation consulting services for life sciences and consumer products companies worldwide. Clarkston has achieved a 16-year average client satisfaction rate of 97% by continuously pushing for success for its clients, its consultants, and its company. Clarkston Consulting has offices in Durham, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and New Jersey.